Vermont rated worst in the nation for toxic comments. Hear VTDigger's Anne Galloway on Sept. 14 in Bennington.
Vermont is rated worst in the nation for toxic comments on news sites by a recent survey. Read the full article here.
Anne Galloway, founder and editor of award-winning news outlet VTDigger.com, will be in Bennington on Thursday, September 14 to talk about fake news and the changing media landscape. This is sure to be a fascinating discussion.
This event will feature light fare and cash bar, networking, and a discussion by Galloway on how digital media is changing the public discourse. Doors open at 5pm, talk starts at 5:30.
Visit the event site here for more details.
The FreshTracks Capital Road Pitch is Vermont's premier entrepreneurial pitch event. The event features a group of investors, entrepreneurs, coaches and mentors who travel the state by motorcycle and hear entrepreneurs pitch their business startup ideas. This is a real live business pitch competition with investors and entrepreneurs, and is open to the public.
2017 is Bennington fifth year participating in the Road Pitch series, and we have developed a strong reputation for fielding competitive pitches.
The Road Pitch event will be on Wednesday, August 2 from 10am-noon at the Bennington Museum. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize, and entry to the statewide “pitch-off” at Champlain College in October. The winner of the October pitch-off will be awarded a $4,000 cash prize plus a year of mentoring from the panel.
This is a free event open to the public.
A preliminary elimination round will be held on Thursday, July 27 from 5-8pm at The Lightning Jar coworking space in Bennington. Please contact email@example.com if you would like to pitch.
For more information, visit http://www.lightningjarvt.com/road-pitch.html.
For more information about the full Vermont Road Pitch series, visit https://www.roadpitch.co.
Join us for an evening with VTDigger.org founder and editor Anne Galloway. Galloway will talk about the impact of fake news, social media and the decline of the news industry on the media landscape and the public discourse.
Galloway is the founder and editor of VTDigger.org, and has been a journalist for 20 years. Her style of investigative journalism is honest and fair-minded, and she has grown VTDigger.org into one of the most respected and trusted news outlets in the region. Her vast journalism experience gives her a valuable perspective on how social media and unscrupulous news outlets are changing the public discourse, and are threatening the role of journalism in our society. This is sure to be a fascinating talk by an experienced industry insider.
Doors open at 5pm, talk starts at 5:30. Cash bar and light fare will be available.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, Free for Lightning Jar members.
Tickets and more info can be found at the event site here: http://www.lightningjarvt.com/anne-galloway.html
Join us for an evening with Magic Hat Brewing's founder Alan Newman.
"Alan Newman calls himself an “opportunity-junkie.” Over the past 31 years as a serial entrepreneur, he’s successfully helped to build three companies in three entirely different industries: Gardener’s Supply Company, a mail-order gardening supply company; Seventh Generation, a brand of environmentally-safe household products, and Magic Hat Brewing."
This is sure to be an interesting and entertaining event. Doors open at 5pm, talk starts at 5:30. Cash bar and light fare will be available.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, Free for Lightning Jar members.
Purchase tickets here: https://lightningjarvt.wildapricot.org/event-2495813
April is financial literacy month, and VSECU is hosting a Financial Literacy Seminar at their Bennington branch. The seminar is on Friday, April 7 at 6:00pm at the 194 North Street branch.
See the event listing here for more information.
Need capital to start your or grow business?
This 10-session workshop will focus on what investors look for in startups. Participating entrepreneurs will tune their business plans, develop market strategies, refine their pitches, and learn how to frame their enterprise as a compelling investment opportunity.
The workshop will meet twice a month for 2-hour sessions. Sessions will be led by Jeffrey Thomas, a veteran entrepreneur/investor who founded the Lever incubator in nearby North Adams, Massachusetts. Jeffrey has taught several entrepreneurship courses at Williams College, including social entrepreneurship and tech entrepreneurship. He helped design Business Plan competitions at Williams and at MCLA, through which more than $100,000 of funding has been granted to first-time entrepreneurs.
The workshop series will feature guest presentations by expert investors. Participants will also have access to expert mentors who will be available help entrepreneurs refine their business plans, revenue models, market strategy, and so on. Project work and homework will be required. There will be several opportunities for participants to practice investor pitches. Participants will be encouraged to apply for the Fresh Tracks RoadPitch Competition to be held in early August.
Tentative Workshop Dates
All workshops are on Thursdays from 4-6pm at The Lightning Jar in Bennington.
Workshop dates are Thursdays March 16th, March 30th, April 13th, April 27th, May 11th, May 25th, June 8th, June 22nd, July 6th and July 20th.
Cost: Free to students and members of The Lightning Jar or Lever. $300 for non-members. Scholarships are available.
For more information, fill out our contact form here.
Sponsored by Lever and The Lightning Jar
Thursday, March 9, 6:00-7:30PM at the Lightning Jar
March's Theme: Facing Rejection
Come watch this TED talk where Jia Jiang describes his bold adventures into rejection. By seeking out rejection for 100 days — from asking a stranger to borrow $100 to requesting a "burger refill" at a restaurant — Jiang desensitized himself to the pain and shame that rejection often brings. By the end of his journey Jia discovered that simply asking for what you want can open up possibilities where you expect to find dead ends.
Join in the discussion following the video and enjoy some free pizza and drinks. Please register so we can order enough!
Directions to The Lightning Jar:
The Lightning Jar, Bennington's entrepreneurial hub and coworking space, is located in the VSECU credit union branch at 194 North Street in Bennington. This is an after-hours event, so please use our Depot Street Entrance just to the left of RiteAid’s entrance on Depot Street. There’s plenty of parking right across the street in the municipal lot at the Bennington Station restaurant at 150 Depot Street. Make sure to ring the doorbell (on the right side of the door).
Registration and Information
Visit us at thelightningjarvt.org
Interested in starting your own business, or just interested in knowing what would be involved in starting up your own business? This workshop could be for you. The Lightning Jar and Lever Inc. are partnering to offer a 10-session workshop on the essentials of a business startup. This information session will give you the opportunity to meet with the instructor and learn more about the workshop.
The Info Session is free.
The workshop series is free to college students, and Lightning Jar and Lever members. For anyone else there is a small fee, however sponsorships are available.
Vermont Works has just launched a $50 Venture Capital fund focused on local Vermont sustainable businesses.
The fund calls for projects that have a "double bottom line": profitability and a socially minded cause.
Read the full story on VTDigger here.
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